SEQUELS: Dismissed with Prejudice

The suit that began it all—the $75,000 libel and slander suit filed against Whittaker Chambers in 1948 by Alger Hiss—was quietly dropped in Baltimore's federal district court. To answer the suit, Chambers brought forth the famed "pumpkin papers." Result: Hiss's indictment and conviction for perjury. Federal Judge W. Calvin Chesnut last week dismissed the suit "with prejudice," which means that Hiss (now serving a five-year sentence at Lewisburg, Pa. penitentiary) may never again file a similar action against Chambers.

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